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extend and revise your remarks. i want to thank all our panels for their patients. and thank you for the work that you do for our country's veterans. this hearing stands adjourned. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2009] . >> later, the virginia assistance secretary duckworth
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takes the your questions on "washington journal". next wednesday, west virginia senator robert byrd will become law longest serving member of the house or senate. on sunday, q &a new interview the robert see byrd center from -- the director of the robert byrd center for legislative senate -- studies. now, from arlington national cemetery, veterans day remarks from president obama. this is a little less than an hour.
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>> present arms! >> present. [brass band playing "star spangled banner"] ♪
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>> order. >> right shoulder. [shouting orders]
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>> present. >> present.
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[bublgle plays "taps"] >> order. >> right shoulder.
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[no audio] >> mark time.
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halt. >> present arms. >> present. >> order. >> order.
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>> forward. >> mark time. >> commanders, take charge of your units. >> forward. [drum]
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>> about face. forward. >> about face. arms. >> about face. forward.
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>> forward. >> forward.
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>> forward march. [no audio]
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[no audio] ["hail to the chief" playing] >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states. ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, please remain standing for the procession of our nation's colors and those of our veterans service organizations and the united states air force concert band plays the -- plays the
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"national emblem march". ♪ ♪
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[the "national emblem march" playing] ♪
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>> please remain standing for the prayer for all veterans delivered by chaplain keith etheridge, director of the department of veterans affairs chaplain service. >> please join me in prayer. eternal god, another year has passed and once again we get there before you in this sacred amphitheater to pray and honor american veterans. as we gather here, we see new faces of family members still
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grieving the loss of loved ones who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of freedom. we pray for them and for all veterans and their families who gather in ceremonies large and small at this hour to honor the living and the dead who have served in our armed forces. we especially pray for our soldiers set fort hood and for their families -- bless our veterans to have returned from the battlefield forever changed by the ravages of washington are. --of war. we pray for our military service members to continue the fight for freedom in iraq, afghanistan, and wherever duty calls around the world. now, bless the millions of veterans who returned from military service to build the america we know today. they took their skill,
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dedication, courage and faithful service and made our nation strong. help us to honor and dedicate our service to them; for, they are our american veterans. amen. >>now, i would like to invite ms. tammy duckworth, an army veteran and assistant secretary at the department of veterans affairs to lead as in the pledge of allegiance. >> present, arms. arms. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and it to the republic for which it stands, one nation,
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under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. >> please be seated. it is now my distinct privilege to introduce the leaders of the national veterans service organizations that comprise the veterans day national committee. the committee was formed by presidential order in 1954 to hold this annual observance in honor of america's veterans and to encourage and support veterans day observances throughout the nation. please hold your applause until i have introduced the special guests. if you are able, please stand when i call your name. gene crayton, national president paralyzed veterans of america. national commander, legion of
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valor of the usa. commander in chief, military order of the world wars. charlie flowers, national president, retired enlisted association. harold fritz, a vice president congressional medal of honor society. national commander disabled american veterans. norbert ryan, national president, military officers association of america. national commander, polish legion of american veterans usa. national president, korean war veterans association. american gi forum of the united states. edwin robbins, national commander, a jewish war veterans of the usa. kenny hanson, national commander, american ex-prisoners
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of war. catholic war veterans of the usa. national president, vietnam veterans of america. richard u. bankert, senior vice commander in chief, veterans of foreign wars of the united states. national commander, amvets. national president, blinded veterans association. steve hancock, national commander, army and navy union of the usa. gene over st., national commander, non-commissioned officers association. clarence hill, national commander, the american legion. jane sims, national commander, military order of the purple heart of the usa. carey blackburn, national president, fleet reserve association. nationals senior vice
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commandant, marine corps league. national president, military chaplains association of the usa. [applause] the associate members of the committee are located in the boxes to my left. please hold your applause until the end. national president, american gold star mothers. national president, goldstar wives of america. peter forbes, national commander, veterans of the vietnam war and the veterans coalition. wendy hoffman, president, blue star mothers of america. joseph sutter, chairman of the board, air force association. national commander, and a b dv veterans of america -- maybe cv
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veterans -- navy cv. president and ceo of help hospitalized veterans. president of the humanitarian services, american red cross. president, national association of state veterans homes. president, national association for uniformed services. president, japanese-american veterans association. president, national association of state directors of veterans affairs. darling baker, chair of the board, oilers to veterans link. national president, women's army corps veterans association. president, board of directors, wounded warrior project. ladies and gentlemen, please join me in recognizing our
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veterans national leadership with your applause. [applause] founded in 1946, the paralyzed veterans of america is the only congratulate charted veterans association dedicated solely to serving the needs of veterans who had experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction. the primary mission is to maximize the quality of life for its members and all people with spinal cord injuries as a leading advocate for health care, spinal cord research and education, accessibility, sports programs, and disability rights. for 63 years, paralyzed veterans and its 34 chapters have been working to create an america were all veterans, from the greatest to the latest generation, have everything they need. paralyzed veterans is represented today by their national president, a navy
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corpsman who served with the 26th marines in vietnam. it is now my pleasure to introduce the national president of the paralyzed veterans of america, the host of this year's observance, gene crayton. [applause] >> mr. president, madam first lady, mr. vice president, dr. biden, embassadors, members of the cabinet and congress and fellow veterans, and ladies and gentlemen, thank you for coming to our veterans day observance. november 11 is a day to celebrate all generations of veterans and their families. it is an opportunity to our grandfathers and grandmothers, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters and cherished bodies. it is a day when i extent -- our
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extended american family recognizes those who put their lives at risk and suffered life-changing injuries for our freedoms. ladies and gentlemen, we celebrate them all -- those who fought the great war, world war i, world war ii, our heroes of korea, vietnam, and the gulf, and the latest generation of iraq and afghanistan. let us also not forget all those veterans that have served in peacetime and those to place themselves in harm's way and answered our countries call in sometimes forgotten conflict. ladies and gentlemen, let's honor our future veterans, those who are courageously serving our country abroad at this time. together, all veterans for a diverse group. we represent our nation's firm commitment to advancing freedom
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and democracy. together, all veterans also form a network of leadership, support and inspiration to each other. maybe it is a battle buddy from another generation who is the first person you see in the hospital bed ready with the word of encouragement to help you obtain the quality quote -- quality care and benefits you need to get back into the mainstream of life. veterans day is also an opportunity -- a day for opportunities to get back throughout the year to those who have given so much for so many. ladies and gentlemen, thank you for all you do your around for our fellow veterans. finally, this veterans day, like millions of others, who have had the other -- the honor to wear the uniform, i am proud. on behalf of those reserve, and
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those who have served and those who will serve, at thank you for caring about us. god bless you. god bless america. god bless america's veterans. [applause] >> please welcome the hon. eric shinseki, secretary of veterans affairs. >> mr. president, thank you for honoring us this morning with your presence, you, and the first lady michelle obama. vice-president and dr. biden, medal of honor recipients, members of congress, chairman mullen, secretary donnelly, secretary mccue, representatives of our service chiefs, gene crayton, thank you for being our cohost for this year ceremony.
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other representatives of work -- of our veterans service organizations, ladies and gentleman, good morning. some would say this is a great patrol weather. today, americans come together to honor and that those who have safeguarded our nation hope and peace and in war. veterans day is a time to renew our national commitment to those who have borne the battle. our character as a nation is revealed to the honor we accord them and measured by the respect with which we care for them. president obama has called for a department of veterans affairs that is better in-centric, results oriented and 4-looking. -- and veteran-centric. i am proud of the 298,000 great
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americans who work every day to serve veterans, over 30 percent of them veterans themselves in partnership with the congress, our nation veterans service organizations and the american people, we will ensure that america's legacy is a commitment, unwavering commitment to compassionate care for its 23 million veterans. from lexington and concord to antietam and dennis bygettysbur, kaisan, to fallujah, and afghanistan, and countless other places, the warriors we honor today have earned it the love, the respect and the admiration
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of a grateful nation. our guest today leads our efforts to honor veterans with great passion and resolved. and i know that firsthand. there is no stronger advocate for those who serve in uniform today for have served our nation in years past. ladies and gentlemen, it is with great personal pleasure and professional pride that i present to our commander in chief, the president of the united states of america. [applause] >> thank you. thank you. thank you so much. please be seated. thank you, secretary shinseki, for the generous introduction.
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more importantly, the extraordinary bravery with which you served as both on and off the battlefield. i want to thank our standing vice-president, joe biden and his wonderful wife for being here today. we want to thank them for their sons service as well. we are glad he just got back from iraq. we want to say a special word of thanks to brigadier-general carl horst, the commander of the military district of washington for a lifetime cost -- of distinguished service to our nation. to the president of the paralyzed veterans of america, thank you for being here and to all of the veterans service associations for their extraordinary work day in, day out on behalf of our nation's heroes. to members of our armed forces into veterans who are here
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today, i am deeply honored and humbled to spend a veterans day with you in this sacred place. for generations -- where generations of heroes have come to rest and generation of americans have come to show their gratitude. the many honors and responsibilities come with this job, but none is more profound than serving as commander in chief. yesterday i visited the troops set fort hood. we gathered in remembrance of those we recently lost and prayed -- paid tribute to the lives they lead. there is something that i saw in them, something that i see in the eyes of every soldier and sailor, airman, marine and coastguardsman that i have had the privilege to meet in this country and around the world. and that thing is determination. in this time of washington are, we are mindful that the
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generation serving up -- deserve a place alongside those who have made sacrifices before. in an era where many act only in self-interests, they have chosen the opposite. they have chosen to serve a cause greater themselves. many, even after they knew they would be sent into harm's way. for the better part of the decade, they have in toward tour after a tour in distant in difficult places. they have protected us from danger and given others the opportunity for a better life. to our veterans, to the fallen, and to their families, there is no tribute, no commemoration, no praise that can truly match the magnitude of your service in your sacrifice. this is a place where it is
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impossible not to be moved by that sacrifice. but even as we gather here this morning, people are gathering all across america not only to express thanks of a grateful nation, but to tell stories that demand to be told. stories of a wars, battles that echo throughout history, stories of patriots who sacrificed in pursuit of a more perfect union, of a grandfather who marched across europe, of a friend who bought it -- fought in vietnam, a sister who fought in iraq, stories of generations of americans who left home at barely more than boys and girls and became men and women and return home heroes. when these americans who have dedicated themselves to defending their lives to defending it -- defending this
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country, many settled on a life of service, choosing to make their entire lives a tour of duty. many chose to live a quiet life, trading one uniform for another -- doctor, engineer, a teacher, mother, father. they bought homes, raised families, built businesses. they built the greatest middle class the world has ever known. some put away their medals, state humble about their service and move on. some caring shrapnel and scars found that they could not. -- caring shrapnel and scars, found that they could not. for veterans, this is another day of memories that drive them to live their lives each day as best as they possibly can. for our troops, it is another day in harm's way. for their families, it is another day to fill the absence of a loved one and -- and have concern for their safety.
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4 are wounded, it is another day of recovery. in this national cemetery, it is another day when grief remains fresh. so, while it is important and proper that we mark this day, it is far more important we spend all our days determined to keep the promises we have made to all answer this countries call. carved into the marble behind me are the words of our first commander in chief, when we assume this soldier, we did not lay aside the citizen. just as the contributions that our servicemen and women make to this nation do not end when they take off their uniforms, neither do our obligations to them. when we fulfill those obligations, we are not just keeping faith with our veterans. we are keeping faith with the ideals of service and sacrifice upon which this republic was founded.
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if we're honest with ourselves, we will admit there have been times where we as a nation have betrayed that sacred trust. are vietnam veterans who served with great honor. they often came home and greeted not with gratitude or support but with condemnation and neglect. that is something that will never happen again. to them, and to all who have served in every battle, in every war, we say that it is never too late to save thank you. we honor your service. we are forever grateful. and just as you have not forgotten your missing comrades, neither, ever will we. our service men and women have been doing right by america for generations and as long as i am commander in chief, america will do right by them. that is my message to all veterans today.
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that is my message to all served in harm's way, to the husbands and wives back home during the parenting of two. to the parents to watch their sons and daughters of to washington art and the children -- and to their children. to the families to lay a loved one to rest, american will not let you down. we will take care of our own. to those who are serving in faraway places today, when your tour ends in d.c. our flag, when you touch our soil, you will be called in an america that is forever here for you just as you have been there for us. it is my promise, our nation's promise to you. 91 years ago today, the battlefields of europe fell quiet is world war i came to a close. we do not mark this day is a celebration of victory. we mark this day as a
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celebration of those who made victory possible. today, we keep in our minds of the brave men and women of this young nation, generations of them, who believed in and fought for a set of ideals. because they did, our country still stands. our founding principles still shine. and nations around the world that once knew nothing but fear and out of the blessings of freedom. that is why we fight. with hopes of a day when we no longer need to. and that is why we gather and solemn remembrances, to recommit ourselves to the hard work of peace. there will be a day before long when this generation of servicemen and women step out of uniform. it will build families and lives of their own. god willing, but they will grow old. and someday, their children and
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their children's children will gather here to honor them. thank you. god bless you. and god bless the united states of america. >> please rise and join in the united states air force concert band in "god bless america." ♪
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>> ladies and gentlemen, please remain standing as we retire the colors. retire the colors. ♪ [ the "national emblem march" playing] ♪
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♪ ♪
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>> ladies and gentlemen, this concludes the national veterans ceremony. please beasts -- remain seated. [applause]
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>> thank you for coming to honor all served. -- all research. -- all who served. ♪
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[captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2009] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> there was a ceremony at the world war ii memorial. this is about 45 minutes. >> ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the national war ii memorial. -- on veterans day morning, a wonderful, rainy, washington
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morning. if you were in the infantry, i am sure you appreciate a day like this more than some of us. we welcome you here and we also appreciate the beautiful music provided by a brass quintet from the united states air force band. and also we make a special welcome to any world war ii veterans who are here. my second order of business to commence is to ask you to be sure to check this is turned off. make sure your cell phone is turned off, please. our organization is joining today with the national park service as a sponsor of this event. friends of the world war ii memorial. we also welcome and armed forces color guard from the military district of washington. after they have presented the callers, we will join together and singing the national anthem. please stand and remain standing until the conclusion of the invocation and the retiring of the colors. please stand.
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>> forward march. >> halt. prsenesent arms. ♪ >>oh, say, can you see, by the
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dawn's early light, what so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming? whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight, o'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming? and the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there. o say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
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>> right shoulder. >> today, we on are not only the veterans but of veterans service organizations and agencies. two employees of the veterans administration were among those who lost their lives in texas and our hearts go out to them today as well as others in morning in that great tragedy. during our time of the invocation, let us remember them. it is my pleasure to introduce lieutenant colonel william calvert to lead us in our invocation. he is a retired chaplain in the u.s. army in world war ii veteran. she was here with us last memorial day and five years ago participated in the dedication of this memorial. upon the conclusion of the
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invocation, the colors will be retired. mr. kelberg. -- mr. calvert. >> let us pray. may wheat out together outmay we -- may we bow together in prayer in the morning stillness where we remember again those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in some recent memory. and we pause as we think of the
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price of peace. and grant, our father, as we go on the path to achieve that peace, that we think o fthf the price of those who have gone before and those whom we support, and as we may accompany them now. -- toward the prize. and grant that as we hear chief -- achiev that prize, that peace, that we shall not
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pollutgloat, but that we shall celebrate with gratitude. and grant that in that gratitude, o god, that we remember that we are under the eye of the god of all history and the lord of all his people. in whose name we pray and for whose sake we pray, amen. >> colorsn.

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